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The study of human behaviour and the application of psychology is one of the fastest growing careers in the developing world today. It has applications in medicine, education, business, social policy and technology. As societies advance, intelligent lifestyles require greater control over emotional, behavioural and mental abilities. An undergraduate degree in Psychology is the first step towards personal and career advancement. In offering this programme, Sunway University College strives to produce graduates who have a thorough understanding of the principles of human behaviour and are able to apply these principles in dealing with real-life issues and enhancing human potentials. Sunway University College is an elite Tier 5 member in the 2009 MQA Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SETARA’09) that measures quality of teaching and learning at the undergraduate level in universities and university colleges in Malaysia. It is another way of recognising our excellent academics and graduates.
Critical Thinking • Communication • Independent Research Ability Skills • Leadership
Why Study Psychology at Sunway University College?
We want you to be more than a just well-versed talking head on psychology, we make sure you acquire skills that truly enable you to connect and communicate.
• A psychology graduate of Sunway will develop skills in:
• • • • • • • Administering basic psychological tests Running basic group programmes Understanding the principles of child behaviour control Designing and carrying out investigations to understand problems Analysing and interpreting data Being able to develop structured lesson plans and instruct a group Being able to critically examine ethical problems from various philosophical orientations
• Our students learn practical skills in a community, health and corporate settings through:
• Community and clinical work where students get hands-on experience working with children and families • Internships • Local and international research collaborations
• At Sunway, psychology students are trained using the most professional facilities for practical
learning. A specialised psychology laboratory is used to teach science-based psychology subjects along with: • Computing facilities with statistical software, psychological experiments and simulations • Observation rooms to conduct child development assessments, interviewing techniques and small group work • Pet Laboratory to observe the behaviours of various small animals • Unlimited access to Online Electronic Psychology Journal Databases
Meet Our Lecturers
EXPERIENCED • DYNAMIC • DEDICATED
DR. LIN MEI-HUA
Industrial/Organisational Psychologist Research Interests • Cross-cultural differences in cognition • Decision making & sense making Plly Conum Zrit Psychology • Organisational issues
Plly Conum Zrit
Ms. ELAINE YoNg Plly Conum Zrit
Developmental Psychologist Research Interests • Learning and teaching strategies in kindergartens • Infant memory • Infant's language development • Children's social skills • Family meal times and adolescents development • Adolescent body image and self-esteem • Children and animals
DR. ALIA AzALEA
Industrial/Organisational Psychologist Research Interests • Personality • Organisational issues • Cross-cultural issues
DR. PRIYADARsHINI sRINIvAsAN
Industrial/Organisational Psychologist Research Interests • Occupational stress • Marital relations - Work - Family conflict • Organisational behaviour • Training and development in organisational settings • Yoga training • Leadership styles and grooming entrepreuner ship • Women at work • Health issues in organisations
“ Like all science, psychology is knowledge; and like science again, it is knowledge of a definite thing, the mind.”
James M. Baldwin
Ms. Woo PEI JUN
Plly Conum Zrit
Plly Conum Zrit
Developmental Psychologist Research Interests Plly Conum Zrit • The effects ofPsychology acculturation in eating disorder • Risk factors of eating disorders in the Malaysian context • Effects of childcare subsidy on employee well-being • Factors that influence job seekers' application decisions • An investigation of cognitive and behavioural problems in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactility Disorder and Speech Delay • The relationship among victimisation, perceived social support and depression • Bullying amongst youth: An investigation among the relationship between bullying, social support and school attitudes • School Learning Disability Survey
Ms. gRAcE YAP
Counselling Psychologist Research Interests • Young adults and personalities • Marital issues • Aging and elderly care • Father figure involvement in shaping personality
Applied Psychologist Research Interests • Emotional intelligence and marital adjustments • Gestures among hearing impaired children, normal children and adults
A Tradition of Success
Cross cultural psychology inspires me. I learned about people’s attitudes, values and behaviours, and how they are shaped by culture. That is why psychologists need to develop cultural sensitivity. INDRI GITTA EDRIA 3rd year student of Sunway BSc (Hons) Psychology
Classes are interesting as lecturers impart knowledge that inspires us. Abnormal Psychology gave me the chance to have a better understanding of mental disorders and helped to correct stigma and prejudices. CHAN KA WENG 3rd year student of Sunway BSc (Hons) Psychology
I apply skills and abilities I learned as a psychology student to my current job. I utilise methods from my programme to encourage employees and use personality assessments for recruitment and employee development. CHEAH RENN ZHERN Graduate of Sunway BSc (Hons) Psychology Human Capital Development Executive, Sunway City Berhad
We have a proud tradition of being the stepping stone to success. Many of our graduates have successfully moved on to further their studies at renowned universities or pursue rewarding careers of their choice.
I learned various psychological assessments which are appropriate for different clinical cases and behavioural techniques to manage children’s behaviours. I gained firsthand experience in conducting infant experiments along with administering development assessments on infants. HO LI QUIN 3rd year student of Sunway BSc (Hons) Psychology
Understanding the underlying processes which intertwine in our everyday lives like Motivation and Emotion, has allowed me to have much input in the way I can regulate and aid in maximising my behaviours and potential. SYED ABDUL QADER BIN SYED ABDUL RAHMAN ALSAGOFF 2nd year student of Sunway BSc (Hons) Psychology
What I love most in psychology is Pet Behavioural Studies as it not only taught me to love animals but gave me a better understanding of why they act in a particular manner. I want to devote myself to my passion which is protecting animals. SARAH AHMED SAEED AHMED MADHI 2nd year student of Sunway BSc (Hons) Psychology
Worldwide Connections: University Partner
Success is a culmination of teamwork and strong partnership. We have long been in alliance with some of the most accomplished institution of higher learning to ensure that our students get the best in education.
Lancaster University Affiliation
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Sunway University College is affiliated with Lancaster University, UK, a world-class institution of higher learning which has consistently maintained its high rankings over the years in numerous reputable league tables. Established by Royal Charter in 1964, Lancaster University enjoys a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. The institution is currently ranked as a top 10 UK university in the Times Good University Guide 2011, 8th in the Independent’s Complete University Guide 2011, 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2011 and 124th in THE World University Rankings 2010 – 2011. Lancaster University is also a member of the prestigious N8 Group which consists of eight (8) of the most research intensive universities in northern England. The institution continues to sustain its reputation for teaching and research excellence both nationally and internationally by bringing universities, businesses and communities together. An example of this is the InfoLab21 at Lancaster University, which is an award-winning international centre of excellence for research in information and communication technologies and has a successful history of working with Microsoft, BT Labs, Orange, Cisco, Nokia and Ford. Additionally, the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is a triple-accredited, world-ranked management school, consistently among the UK’s top five. The degree programmes developed and conducted at Sunway University College are validated by Lancaster University, UK. Our students who successfully complete these undergraduate programmes will be awarded two certificates, making them graduates of both Sunway University College and Lancaster University.
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Masters/Ph.D in Psychology MSc in Organisational Psychology
(Pending MQA approval)
Bsc (Hons) Psychology
sunway Foundation in Arts A-Level/Australian Matriculation/Canadian Matriculation/ Monash University Foundation Year/ STPM/UEC or equivalent
Teaching & Assessments
Students are expected to spend time on lectures, tutorials, guided reading and report writing. They are guided through project work which emphasises problem definition, solution generation, statistical evaluation and programme development, preparing them to meet the demands of working life.
Pathway to a Degree
Foundation in Arts
The Foundation in Arts is an exclusive pre-university programme at Sunway University College. It is an ideal programme to prepare post-secondary school students to go directly into Sunway’s own undergraduate programmes which are validated by Lancaster University, UK. This foundation programme emphasises the development of well-rounded students in both numerical and communication skills through structured subjects in Mathematics and English throughout every semester. In order to have a good basic grasp of the academic rigour of undergraduate life, a range of electives is available from business subjects to computing, from finance to psychology. Enrichment electives such as Culture and Ideas, Culture and Performance, and Critical Thinking Skills, are avenues for students to explore ideas beyond their academic courses and develop into independent thinkers.
Each student is assigned an Advisor who will provide academic guidance and monitor the student’s progress. A progress report will be sent every semester to the parents/guardian to ensure that they are up-to-date with the student’s development in the programme.
INTAKES January, March, July DURATION 1 Year EXAMINATIONS End of November, February, June
Minimum five (5) credits in SPM, O-Level or equivalent. Conditional offers will be made to students with forecast results.
Core Subjects (4 credits)
• Contemporary Business Mathematics • Mathematical Techniques and Analysis • Statistical Techniques
Academic Electives (4 credits)
• Computer Science and Applications • Database Management and Programming
Enrichment Subjects (2 credits)
• • • • • Culture and Ideas Culture and Performance Business Communication Critical Thinking Skills Introduction to Psychology
• Introduction to Accounting Techniques • Accounting Processes and Reports • World of Business Finance
• Language and Communication • Communication: Audience and Context • Language and Knowledge
• Microeconomics: Concepts and Models • Macroeconomics: The Global View • Management and Marketing
Communication (Coming Soon)
• Introduction to Advertising and Design • Introduction to Mass Communication
As per Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) requirements, all Malaysian students must pass a module each in Malaysian Studies, Moral Studies (non-Muslims)/Islamic Studies (Muslims) and Bahasa Kebangsaan (exempted if a credit in Bahasa Melayu has been obtained at SPM level).
KP/JPS (KA 6381/A6381) 03/11
JPT/BPP(U) (KA10607) 07/14
In Psychology, we study how we think and how thoughts contribute to how we feel
BSc (Hons) Psychology
This degree programme provides a strong theoretical foundation and subsequently, equips students with the basic skills in the science of human behaviour. Academic materials for the programme are based on scientific principles that are the result of decades of experimentation and study. Course subjects have been chosen based on their relevance to practising psychologists and with regards to requirements for psychology.
Lecturer’s Words of Wisdom
• Mathematics plays an integral part in psychological studies as statistics are produced to reflect and represent findings. Don’t think you can run away from math! Proficiency in English is very important because this course reviews a lot of materials in that language and students are expected to produce strong academic papers and attend symposiums.
What is this programme about?
• • • The study of human behaviours. Doing research and analysing behavioural pattern. Understanding emotional, behavioural and mental abilities.
Find out if you’re suitable for Psychology
are a good listener enjoy observing and analysing people are patient and caring intrigued by the behaviours of people and animals are a people person like to devise and research to explore human behaviour and personalities want to develop a range of skills for a range of careers
Students study both psychological and social science subjects to so that they are trained in their critical thinking, independent research ability, communication skills and relationship. When they graduate, they are equipped with highly sought after skills that employers look out for especially in research and human relationships related jobs. Teaching Children with Special Needs Child Development Mental Health Aid in a Psychiatric Clinic Special Needs Resource Market Research Advertising • • • • • Journalism and Media Public Relations Statistical Research Executive Human Resource Developing Educational Books
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This programme is a prerequisite for those planning to pursue Psychology at the postgraduate level. Students may decide to pursue Master or Doctoral degrees in clinical, educational, organisational, developmental, sports or neurological psychology.
PSY 1014 PSY 1024 PSY 1034 PSY 1044 PSY 1054 STA 1014 RSM 1014 PSY 1063 PSY 1073 UCS 1000 UCS 1003
Introductory Psychology Social Psychology Developmental Psychology Organisational Psychology Motivation & Emotion Introduction to Statistics Research Methods Pet Behavioural Studies Community Mental Health Study Skills English for Psychology
PSY 2014 PSY 2024 PSY 2034 PSY 2044 PSY 2054 PSY 2064 PSY 2074 PSY 2084 PSY 2094 UCS 2001
Psychology of Learning and Education Personality Psychology Theories of Counselling Abnormal Psychology Applied Developmental Psychology Brain & Behaviour Psychological Testing Cognition & Perception Cross-Cultural Psychology Communication Skills
PSY 3013 PSY 3024 PSY 3034 PSY 3043 PRJ 3026 INT 3026 UCS 3001
Advanced Topics in Psychology Behaviour Modification Learning Disabilities History of Psychology Research Project Internship Leadership
As per Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) requirements, all Malaysian students must pass a module each in Malaysian Studies, Moral Studies (non-Muslims)/Islamic Studies (Muslims) and Bahasa Kebangsaan (exempted if a credit in Bahasa Melayu has been obtained at SPM level).
STPM A-Level Australian Matriculation Canadian Matriculation MUFY Sunway Foundation in Arts UEC International Baccalaureate Average B- (CGPA 2.67 minimum 2 principals or best 2 subjects) CDD/BC (14 points) ATAR 65 70% 240 65% Maximum 22 points (5 subjects, excluding Chinese and non-academic subjects). 26, based on 6 subjects
Conditional offers may also be awarded on a case-by-case basis to students who narrowly miss the full entry requirements.
Mathematics and Science Requirements
The BSc (Hons) Psychology requires prospective students to provide evidence of competency in Science and Mathematics subjects. These minimum requirements are: • SPM/O-Level/Pre-university: • Credit in General Mathematics • Credit in any of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or General Science • Independent Chinese Schools: • B in Science & Mathematics (Junior Middle 3 Exams)
English Language Requirements
TOEFL IELTS MUET SPM UEC English O-Level English (1119) Sunway Intensive English Programme 550 Paper-based (213 Computer-based; 80 Internet-based) 6.0 Band 5 A1/A2 or A+/A/AB3 B3 Pass Level 4 with 65% minimum.
Other English requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English Language Assistance
Sunway University College welcomes students who want to work hard and try their best to become professional psychologists. For students who have met all the academic entry requirements but may still have some difficulties with English, additional classes and remedial help in the English language can be arranged through Sunway University College’s English Language Department.
Those who possess other international qualifications and are looking to transfer credits (i.e. diploma or degree) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
INTAKES March & August DURATION 3 Years ACADEMIC YEAR STRUCTURE Two long semesters (14 weeks) and One short semester (7 weeks) each year BREAKS Several Mid-semester and End-of-semester breaks each year
Contributing to Society
At Sunway University College, staff and students are encouraged to get involved in a variety of community projects. They do this either via providing community information, research or through skills training workshops. The following are some of the more recent projects that staff and students have recently been involved in:
National Institute for Youth Development Research
The National Institute for Youth Development Research was set up by the Minister of Youth and Sports to provide professional advice on youth issues. Dr Teoh Hsien-Jin, Ms Woo Pei Jun and Ms Cheong Sau Kuan have been involved in the development of research projects on youth which has contributed towards policy for Youth Development in Malaysia. Current projects include projects that involve youth mental health, lifestyle and attitudes. The collaboration with many government think-tanks and ministries has made development of the projects possible.
Parenting at Work, Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development
The Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development has recently launched the Parenting at Work programme aiming to assist working parents with skills to manage a healthy lifestyle at work and at home. Ms Woo Pei Jun played an active role in the development of the training modules and together with her colleagues, Ms Cheong Sau Kuan and Ms Elaine Yong, assisted in running some of these training programmes for ministry staff and the participant activity modules.
Nutrition Society of Malaysia/Malaysian Paediatric Association
The society has been set-up to promote healthy living and nutrition amongst young children. The staff regularly assist programmes through public talks on children mental health, eating habits and positive parenting.
Emmanuel Care Centre
The Emmanuel Care Centre was set up to assist children with learning and developmental disabilities. Ms Woo Pei Jun has assisted with services in the centre through providing expert advice in diagnosis and rehabilitation for children. Some of our students have also had their internship placement at the centre.
National Autism Society of Malaysia
The National Autism Society of Malaysia is concerned with the services that are being provided for autistic children. These services include assessments and diagnosis, training in self-care skills, motor skills, speech and early intellectual development. Ms Woo Pei Jun assists in the society through her involvement as a consultant to the National Advisory Council.
Amway One-By-One Campaign for Children
The Amway One-By-One Campaign for children was set up in Malaysia to promote positive mental health amongst Malaysian Children. The campaign includes parenting workshops, social skills training for children, parent-child interaction camps, and a series of mental health education articles in the English, Malay and Chinese newspapers. The staff and students of the Department of Psychology have been regularly involved in running this programme, with the support of Amway Malaysia.
IT Shared Services
Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan and Dr. Lin Mei-Hua conducted a survey to analyse the reasons for effective performance among employees, especially in terms of increasing motivation and lowering the turnover intentions. The survey was carried out with a sample of 60 employees on various organisational concepts and employees’ reaction and well being. Concepts which affect turnover intentions, work motivation and job satisfaction were identified and a detailed report was prepared and presented to the Director of the organisation.
Dr. Lin Mei-Hua, Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan and Ms Cheong Sau Kuan are involved in a wellness intervention programme for employees of a hospitality organisation. The client is concerned by the high medical claims and increased level of job turnover among their employees, therefore, as consultants, Dr. Lin, Dr. Priya and Ms Cheong conducted a careful, thorough observation of the work setting and conducted focus groups. To follow is a survey to be administered to all employees. Based on the survey results a suitable intervention programme will be recommended.
Diversity Awareness Programme
Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan and Dr. Alia Azalea are in the process of conducting a Diversity Awareness Programme for a major pharmaceutical organisation. An assessment and training will be conducted to address the issue of stereotyping and unconscious biasness among the employees of the organization. Such programme will help the organization to understand the possible process of their hiring decisions.
Career Placement & Alumni
PRePARE, the core of Sunway Career Services, is designed to equip students with the right tools and essential skills, aiming to create ‘employable’ graduates so as to prepare them for the working world. Through our programmes and activities, we also hope to foster good partnerships with employers in supporting their recruitment needs.
PRePARE is dedicated to accomplishing its 3 main objectives on campus: • eQUIP students with essential skills • eNHANCE students’ career development in the working world • eMPOWER students to take confident steps in building their career
• PRePARE seeks to foster partnerships with esteemed employers in their recruiting endeavours by creating various opportunities for recruitment activities through events such as career fairs and career talks. • Through our activities, we hope to expose students to the different careers, and at the same time give employers access to the graduates market.
• PRePARE supports the Sunway Alumni by providing an avenue for members to build their careers. • PRePARE makes available various resources and opportunities for members to further establish their careers and even network with the employers. Alumni members also have access to PRePARE Job Centre where they can seek employment opportunities.
We place much emphasis on education and offer a number of scholarships to deserving students:
Tan sri Dato’ seri Dr. Jeffrey cheah Entrance scholarship & continuing scholarship
The Entrance Scholarship is offered to all new students; SPM leavers entering into Pre-University programmes and Pre-University graduates entering into undergraduate programmes, in recognition of their excellent academic achievements prior to admission into a new programme in Sunway University College. The Continuing Scholarship is only offered to students continuing their studies (at diploma or undergraduate level) with Sunway University College upon graduating from their PreUniversity/Foundation/Diploma Programme here with us or from Sunway Group of Colleges.
The Scholarship is offered in the name of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, Foundation Chancellor of Sunway University College, and Sir Christian Bonington, Chancellor of Lancaster University. It commemorates the affiliation between Sunway University College and Lancaster University in Joint Degree Programmes in Business, Computer Technology, Hospitality and Psychology. Applicants are required to achieve outstanding academic results for entry into the BSc (Hons) Psychology and possess leadership qualities, self-motivation and positive attitude. Scholarship rewards students with: • Full Reduction in Tuition Fees • Two Weeks Study Visit to Lancaster University during their final/third year of studies
The chancellors scholarship of sunway University college and Lancaster University
Tan sri Dato’ seri Dr. Jeffrey cheah scholastic Award
This is a nominated award for students who have achieved outstanding results in their individual academic programme upon completion at Sunway University College. Each award recipient will receive a RM2000 cash prize and a Scholastic Award Certificate.
Students can apply for PTPTN loan or Scholarships based on their results. For more information, kindly visit www.ptptn.gov.my
Students can also seek other financial aid from PTPTN or EPF as below.
Students can withdraw funds from their EPF Account to help finance a degree education of their choice. For more information on how to go about this, kindly visit www.kwsp.gov.my
Kindly refer to our Scholarship Brochure for more details or seek further information from our Admission and Counselling Unit located on the Ground Floor of Sunway University College.
The state-of-the-art facilities on campus allow psychology students to focus on research. They have access to laboratories supporting special purposes like the Pet Laboratory and specialised Psychology Laboratories. Observation Rooms are used for students to learn about developmental and cognitive tests, cross cultural surveys and the Mullen Scales of Early Learning for young children. For your studying pleasure, the Main Campus building is fitted with 24-hour wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access, so you can study anywhere from the foyer to the Roof Top Garden. This is complemented by top-notch learning facilities like airconditioned classrooms and lecture halls, modern science laboratories and the expansive Tun Hussein Onn Library. Student life here is simply convenient with amenities that meet all your needs: a bookshop, computer labs to print, scan or photocopy assignments, a cafeteria, recreational and sports facilities, and a Student Centre - a cosy place with a sick bay, counselling services and more. A campus bus service of several different routes within the Klang Valley is also available.
Life on Campus
Whether you are from Batu Pahat or Burkina Faso, we welcome you to our studentfriendly campus where hunger is a foreign concept, and comfortable on-campus living and a safe environment are top priorities.
Food For Thought
Eating outlets and places to chill out are aplenty on and around campus. The spacious cafeteria is a great on-campus place to hang out which includes a canteen and more than 10 different stalls that serve full meals or snacks at reasonable prices. Beyond the campus compound, students are spoilt for choice by the many restaurants and an immensely popular food centre, all offering an endless variety of delicious food with something for everyone at a student-friendly budget.
On-campus living makes it easy to get up and about to and from classes every day. It is a home away from home where students get to meet new friends, learn new cultures and experience living independently. Everything is within walking distance from our campus - hospital, shopping mall, theme park, restaurants and banks. Choose between the communal living of the Sun-U Apartment or the condominium lifestyle of Sun-U Residence. A caring hostel master is on hand to oversee the welfare of every occupant.
Safety & Security
Here, the committed security team is made up of Auxiliary Police and trained professionals who work around the clock to ensure that every day is a smooth and peaceful one. Whenever a student feels under the weather, they can make their way to the sick bay. Endearingly known as Nightingale Bay, it is situated near the cafeteria where a matronly Registered Nurse is on duty and well-equipped to handle minor ailments.
Out of the Box
Our Psychology degree nurtures students through traditional means complemented with learning outside the classrooms. Participation in student activities such as: our very own Psychology Club, field trips and educational workshops, moulds them into effective leaders and communicators.
Promoting friendships and strengthening the ties that bind the Psychology family through exciting gatherings and outings.
Return of the Retro
Students learn through hands-on learning and psychology experiments in specialised labs.
Academic Synposium 2010 with a theme of : The Influence of Sociocultural Pressures on Thought Processes
Field trip: Mental institution
Specialised workshops as a platform to learn and exchange ideas with peers and professionals.
Theme Day: NERDS Annual dinners
Lecturers and students enjoy a close-knit bond with the quirky Theme Days and many other social events.
University Compulsory Subjects
UCS 1000 STUDY SKILLS The objective of this subject is to prepare students to be more organised and self-reliant in their learning by developing a set of specific skills necessary for successful study. For example, listening and reading skills, effective note taking, efficient time management, independent research, maximising knowledge acquisition and critical thinking ability through collaborative learning (or learning through the exchange of ideas). UCS 1003 ENGLISH FOR PSYCHOLOGY An important aspect of advancing professional education in the field of psychology is to be able to keep up-to-date with scientific publications. Many of these publications are in English. Hence, a strong foundation in English is necessary. This subject focuses on few aspects in the learning of English for psychological studies. It helps students to improve their reading strategies for processing academic texts. It also develops the following areas of academic language use, namely, listening to lectures and making notes, writing essays and papers, and participating in small-group discussions. UCS 2001 COMMUNICATION SKILLS The subject introduces the basic elements of oral communication, the various factors that determine effective communication and the application of communication skills in a variety of academic, business and social contexts. A variety of communication activities in presentation and discussion formats are incorporated to allow for understanding, practice and the mastering of basic concepts in communicating. UCS 3001 LEADERSHIP The focus is on the role of leadership in the context of corporate management and strategy. The theories of leadership, the characteristics and role of leadership, conflict management, change management and cross-cultural issues (e.g. cultural values that affect perceptions of leadership and leadership styles) will be discussed.
PSY 1014 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY This introductory subject covers methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, and psycho-physiology. Developmental, social, personality and abnormal psychology are also included. PSY 1024 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Social Psychology looks at how individuals are affected by their social environment. Topics include attitude, conformity, friendship formation and group dynamics. Tutorials include projects that require students to research social situations in greater depth. PSY 1034 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY This subject examines the different stages that humans go through in their development process. It also explores how some of these processes change during one’s life span. This unit examines aspects of human development such as memory, attention, intelligence, speech and language, social and moral values, and motor abilities. In addition to lectures, there are tutorials and small projects that require students to pay attention to various aspects of human development. PSY 1044 ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Topics include recruiting, selecting, appraising and training employees, motivation of work, work performance and its measurements, job satisfaction, occupational stress, leadership and group communication. It also includes a section on Occupational Health and Safety that considers the rights of employees, safety and health programmes, effective communication and sexual harassment. PSY 1054 MOTIVATION AND EMOTION What keeps people motivated? This subject examines the various theories of motivation. The perspectives taken include: need theory, instrumentality theory, comparison theory, goal setting theory and reinforcement theory. In addition, the subject examines how emotions are formed and what affects them. In this context, the role of emotions in bringing about mental health disorders is similarly examined. STA 1014 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS This subject examines the nature of statistical data, ordering and manipulation of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference, estimation and hypothesis testing are explored as well. Special topics include means, frequency tables, standard deviations, ttests, correlation, analysis of variance and non-parametric methods. RSM 1014 RESEARCH METHODS The prerequisite to developing a thesis for students involves a thorough understanding of how experiments are developed. With this in mind, students are required to understand the construction of surveys and survey methodology, single case-study designs, matched subject designs and repeated measure designs. In addition, an understanding of the kinds of analysis employed in each experimental design is explored. This unit instructs students on how to write research reports in a systematic and standardised manner. PSY 1063 PET BEHAVIOURAL STUDIES Almost all theories of psychology originated with observations and studies of the animal world. The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the world of domesticated pets. During the course, the student will be exposed to a wide variety of topics on animals that are aimed at improving their sensitivity and awareness to the animal world. Through this course, they gain a healthy respect for these animals that also have feelings. The course covers a variety of topics, ranging from perception and cognition, health, abnormal behaviours, animal assisted therapy and education, to human-animal relationships. PSY 1073 COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH All professional psychologists will eventually contribute in some way towards educating the community on a wide range of mental health issues. This module introduces the student to a wide variety of general mental health issues. Many of the applications of these concepts are to concern family and working environment that the student may encounter in the future. Through a mixture of theoretical principles and public health information, this module intends to equip the student with a variety of positive mental health skills which they can eventually impart to the general audience.
PSY 2014 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING AND EDUCATION This subject introduces the theoretical basis of learning to students. It begins with the study of Classical Behaviourist Theory and moves towards Operant Conditioning. In the context of the environment, the Social Learning Theory is introduced and followed by more recent models of learning such as the Information Processing Model and the Cognitive Learning Theory. This course will also examine methods of curriculum design, motivating students, controlling class behaviour and maintaining students’ attention. PSY 2024 PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY This subject concerns the study of personality. It examines each of the major theories of personality. In addition, it looks at the factors that affect personality development. There is also emphasis on measurements and practical applications of personality to medical and industrial settings. PSY 2034 THEORIES OF COUNSELLING An overview of the various theories of counselling is provided in this subject. Theories covered include: Cognitive Theories, Behavioural Theories, Rational Emotive Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Family Therapy (System’s Theory), Client-Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Group Therapy. PSY 2044 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY This subject studies the forms of abnormal behaviour, aetiology, development, interpretation and final manifestation. It is research-based and provides students with an understanding of the current approaches to treatment. Topics covered include personality disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and mood disorder based on the DSM-IV. This unit also examines the importance of professional issues such as ethics and malpractice. The unit is essential for those intending to pursue Clinical Psychology at the graduate level. PSY 2054 APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY This is a final year subject which introduces students to a range of applied issues in developmental psychology. It examines children in different settings (family, school, peer group and hospital) and discusses important influences on children’s lives (the media, law, health and drugs). In addition, it examines the plight and predicament of the elderly when their physical and mental abilities begin to deteriorate. The prescribed readings, lectures and practical work cover applied aspects of normal and typical development from birth to old age. PSY 2064 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR This subject focuses on the effects that biological and chemical processes have on behaviour. The topics covered include brain damage, sensory deprivation, psychopharmacology, attention deficit, visual system, memory, sleep, hormones and sex, and substance abuse. It also examines the chemical processes associated with motivation.
PSY 2074 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING The purpose of this subject is to introduce students to psychological tests that are commonly used in applied settings: IQ tests, Adaptive tests, Language tests, Mathematics tests, Personality tests, tests of Affect and tests of Behaviour. It is also the intention of this unit to make sure that students clearly understand the meaning of concepts such as percentiles, standard deviations, means and clinical cut-off scores. Tutorials and practical work are designed to provide students with basic skills in interviewing, testing, systematic observation and report writing. PSY 2084 COGNITION AND PERCEPTION This subject is an introduction to Cognitive Psychology and Sensory Perception. Cognitive Psychology concerns how humans acquire, process and represent information. Lectures on cognition focus on theories, concepts, and empirical findings related to topics such as language and reading; contemporary models of memory; thinking and reasoning; and decision making. It also examines the structure and functions of the sensory systems such as vision, hearing and touch. The perception lectures address how sensory abilities are measured and their limitations. Attention is also paid to the use of measures of sensory capacity in understanding more complex problems such as reading disabilities. PSY 2094 CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY Understanding how local culture interacts with and subsequently affects human behaviour is crucial when trying to solve behavioural and emotional problems. This course examines the way cultures differ, and how humans perceive, think, feel, strive and relate to others. During the lectures, the social and inter-personal interactions, industrial practices and values between Malaysian and other cultures are examined through project work, research and lectures.
PSY 3013 ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY This consists of a series of lectures on a wide range of topics that are typical to the field of psychology. These lectures examine the psychologist’s perspectives on the following areas: aviation, divorce, health, and ethics. PSY 3024 BEHAVIOURAL MODIFICATION Many things within the environment shape a child’s behaviour. If behaviours are not brought under control, the result is Oppositional Defiant Disorder. This lecture series looks at the role that Operant Conditioning and Social Learning plays in shaping a child’s behaviour. It then focuses on how behavioural techniques may be used to control the child’s behaviour. These procedures include play, praise, rewards, ignoring, time out and logical consequences. In addition, it also looks at techniques that are used to shape the behaviour of an autistic child. The emphasis here is on techniques of Applied Behaviour Analysis. PSY 3034 LEARNING DISABILITIES Many things can result in a child having difficulties in assimilating and learning new information. This unit introduces the student to some of the most common causes of learning disabilities. Amongst the topics covered are visual-perceptual problems, attention deficits and mental retardation.
PSY 3043 HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY This subject examines the philosophical and historical development of knowledge within psychology and how these critical issues impact on the current beliefs concerning the objective nature of psychology as a discipline, together with its limitations. It also compares and contrasts the development of Western-based and Eastern-based knowledge, and their relevance for modern psychology. Topics will include philosophy of the mind, metaphysics and philosophy of science as they relate to the development of the various paradigms within psychology and across both Eastern and Western perspectives. PRJ 3026 RESEARCH PROJECT All students enrolled in this subject will be required to undertake a small-scale research project that involves designing a study, writing an introduction, data collection and analysis, discussion and compilation of a reference list. The standards to which this report is written should abide with that of the American Psychological Association. INT 3026 INTERNSHIP Students are required to carry out a period of supervised practical work that applies the skills learnt throughout the psychology course. Practical may involve clinical, community, child or human resource work.
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